I got a call last week from a friend- her son had taken a World Religion class last year and no longer believes in God. Our conversation took me back to a time when something similiar happened to me- for a spell.
I grew up Protestant, fell in love with a pretty young Catholic, decided I’d convert which ment I had to attend a series of classes- which stirred up a bee’s nest of questions. For the first time in my life I found myself genuinely wrestling with questions of faith, religion, spirituality, absolute truth.
Who is right? Who can I go to with my questions? The Catholic priest thinks he is right, my former Protestant minister thinks he is right…everyone’s biased. Then try to make any sense out of all the denominations just within the Christian faith. - there are over 400 different Baptist denominations alone-not to mention, Pentecostals, Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Fundamentalists, Nazarenes, and non-denominational, plus all of the world religions that claim to have a corner on the truth….then you have your sincere atheists, Agnostics, and New Agers…have I missed anyone ?
yep, what an emotional roller coaster ride that was.
I went through a time of intense questioning- It felt like I was in the midst of a spiritual earthquake- the very foundations of my life were shaken – hard.
I told my friend to get herself a copy of Lee Strobel’s book-
As a former atheist, Strobel understands the rational resistance to faith. He even names the eight most convincing arguments against Christian faith. Here is a partial list of issues he tackles:
1) If there’s a loving God, why does this pain-wracked world groan under so much suffering and evil?
2) If the miracles of God contradict science, then how can any rational person believe that they’re true?
3) If God is morally pure, how can he sanction the slaughter of innocent children as the Old Testament says he did?
4) If God cares about the people he created, how could he consign so many of them to an eternity of torture in hell just because they didn’t believe the right things about him?
5) If Jesus is the only way to heaven, then what about the millions of people who have never heard of him?
6) If God really created the universe, why does the evidence of science compel so many to conclude that the unguided process of evolution accounts for life?
7) If God is the ultimate overseer of the church, why has it been rife with hypocrisy and brutality throughout the ages?
8) If I’m still plagued by doubts, then is it still possible to be a Christian?
My conversation with my friend didn’t get this far but the second thing I would suggest is look at the personal life of any person telling others how to live and think- They are a walking billboard for what they really believe.